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India versus Iran - 5 stunning goals to give you hope

Suyash Upadhyaya | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:18 IST

India's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign continues against Iran this evening. Given the massive gulf in ranking between the two, expectations have, unsurprisingly, been kept in check. This is David versus Goliath. India, ranked 155th in the world, are taking on Iran, who, at rank 30, are the highest ranked team in Asia.

But, as the cliche goes, games aren't won on paper, they're won on the field. And the Indian team is not only capable of holding their own on the field, they're capable of scoring some stunners while they're at it.

So, in the run up to the qualifier, here are five goals scored over the years by the Indian team that are certain to make anyone sit up and take notice of them.

Sunil Chhetri vs Vietnam, 2010

In 2010, Bhaichung Bhutia was still the team's shining light but Chhetri proved that he was no less, producing a moment of magic which gave fans a glimpse of what was to come from India's current skipper.

Sunil Chhetri vs Bahrain, 2011

While credit for this goal must also be shared with Renedy Singh, whose cannonball from thirty yards out crashes against the post, Chhetri once again shows why he's India's finest. Even though India lost this Asian Cup match 4 - 2, it was a memorable display of the fighting spirit the team showed till the very end.

Bhaichung Bhutia vs Nepal, 2008

In the 2008 SAFF Championship, India got off to a perfect start in their first match against Nepal, winning 4 - 0. But the highlight from the match was Bhaichung Bhutia's stunning bicycle kick goal - one which any world-class striker would be proud of.

Syed Rahim Nabi, 2013

Syed Rahim Nabi is one of the most versatile players to have ever played for the Indian team. He started as a striker and was moved to the left back position later in his career. This goal shows that he never lost his striker's instinct.

Jeje Lalpekhlua vs Malaysia, 2011

Here's a goal of a completely different ilk. In this 2011 friendly match against Malaysia at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Jeje Lalpekhlua finishes off an impressive 18 pass move that began all the way back from the defence.

First published: 8 September 2015, 6:20 IST
Suyash Upadhyaya @SuyashU

A believer of the Indian football dream and an ardent cricket fan who likes to explore the nuanced side of all sports, Suyash finds creative expression in sports writing. Lover of literature, Liverpool FC, and an earnest economics enthusiast, he has just joined Catch News after completing his post graduation at Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. When not staying up the whole night watching football, he loves spending time playing the sport itself, reading, and generally wondering when he'll decipher everything about the world around him.